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CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
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2002 LexusSC 430 Pricing and Specs
Compare 1 SC 430 trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.
Trim Family Comparison
BaseView 1 Trims
- 4.3L V-8 Engine
- 5-spd auto w/OD Transmission
- 300 @ 5,600 rpm Horsepower
- 325 @ 3,400 rpm Torque
- rear-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- 18" polished aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
- AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- power Convertible top
- leather Seat trim
- driver and passenger Lumbar support
- Navigation system
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2002 Lexus SC 430 - First Test
Don't Call It A "Ragtop",Lexus 335D Full Overview
There's something mesmerizing about a hardtop convertible. When Ford introduced the '57 Skyliner, it was an instant hit, garnering loads of attention for offering the world's first mass-produced, electrically operated retractable metal top. It was a whiz-bang kind of innovation so emblematic of the Flash Gordon era.
Today, the concept is still attractive: a solid top for security and poor weather coziness, with the full tanning bed treatment available at the touch of a button.
Add to that the entertainment value of a retractable's geo-mechanical show itself-the whirring of electric motors and the folding bal-let of pieces andparts as they disappear into the trunk. Whatever it is, people love it.
It all certainly applies to Lexus' new-for-'02 retractable-top SC 430. Case in point: While driving our brilliant-red tester, we pulled into the drive-through lane of our favorite joint. Instead of hearing the customary "Welcome to the Burger Biggie, may I take your order?" the speaker crackled, "What kind of car is that!?" The same scenario was played out at almost every red light and fuel stop. The SC 430 turned heads and was nearly responsible for a dozen fender benders.
Conceived by Toyota's European design center, the SC 430's curvaceous lines somewhat mimic those of the Audi TT, though on a slightly larger scale. To that, the designers added a bit of French Riviera style with sweeping fender flares, a sculpted hood, and a broad brushed grille. The sculpted tail resembles a slightly widened, previous-generation Acura CL, while the glinty-eyed trapezoidal headlights are very Toyota. Overhangs are short, with the wheels pushed hard to the corners. The look is dramatic, for sure, yet nothing entirely new or original.
Lexus' engineers spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel, and their efforts paid off. Not only does the 430 have a slippery drag coefficient of 0.30, but the wind-cheating design also makes for an extra quiet cabin top up and down. With roof retracted, there's no need to raise your voice to converse with passengers nor to increase radio volume-the SC is as quiet (at XX db) as an average coupe with the windows down.
Underneath the skin, an all-aluminum 4.3L V-8 with VVT-i powers the SC 430-it's much the same unit as in the flagship LS 430 sedan. At idle, the 300-hp DOHC powerplant is silky smooth, almost to where you have to check the tachometer to be sure it's running. Introduce the accelerator to the floorboard and 325 lb-ft of torque slides you back into the cushy leather trimmed seats. Power delivery to the rear wheels is long and linear, with a throaty V-8 exhaust note that tells the world this is no ordinary ULEV-compliant Lexus. On the track, the SC 430 proved it was no slouch, pulling 0-60 mph in 6.1 sec and blasting the quarter mile at 14.5 at 98.3 mph.
The powertrain's smoothness is carried through to the electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission, one of the best we've experienced. Upshifts are smooth and precise, and manually downshifting is a dream as the tranny instantly and quickly changed gears without jolting occupants into the dash. Our staff is split on the SC's sawtooth shifter gate: Some feel it's crisp and easy to maneuver, while others expected (and prefer) a sequential auto-manual system, like BMW's Steptronic design.
Even with the extensive use of aluminum, the 430's no lightweight at 3840 lb, curbside. While we expected to see rather long braking distances, the first time we mashed the "whoa" pedal we would've sworn someone had dropped two 9000-lb anchors out of the back deck, stopping from 60 mph in only XXX ft. Emergency stops are linear and confidence inspiring with only a hint of ABS pulse. The SC 430 incorporates Lexus' Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that varies brake pressure according to the load on each wheel. The system is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking; and, if the driver hasn't applied enough force to the pedal to engage ABS, it supplements the applied braking power.
Unlike many convertibles that are afterthoughts to an existing model, the SC 430 was designed as a pure drop top, optimizing the chassis structure for strength whether the top is up or down. So solid is the chassis, we searched out a particular nasty stretch of pavement and the 430 didn't show a millimeter of cowl shake. Impressive.
Front and rear double wishbones with coil springs and gas shocks help the SC deliver responsive handling without diminishing ride quality. The 430 doesn't float or jolt; rather, it glides over road imperfections. Push it through a twisty patch of pavement, and the SC hunkers down and hugs the road; though, as you'd expect, it understeers when pushed really hard. Suspension engineers have dialed more "cruise" than "sport" into the compliant underpinnings, but that's not a negative; it's in keeping with the car's lush flavo, and Lexus' position as a luxury brand. The SC 430's best suited for long highway cruises, delivering a large, luxury-car ride that gets you to your destination refreshed.
The SC 430's well-stocked living room is full of amenities you'd normally find in a Rolls-Royce. Butter-soft leather covers the seats, center stack, and door panels, the last of which is done in French pleat. Rich, European-looking bird's-eye maple finishes the door panels, center console, and waterfall dash. We especially liked the slickly engineered wood-covered doors for the GPS navigation screen and stereo, both of which silently glide into the dash with the touch of a button. Trs cool.
Both driver and passenger are treated to heated, 10-way power bucket seats with dual presets and side airbags. These are ideally sculpted for maximum support and include adjustable lumbar for those with sensitive vertebrae. After putting the SC 430 through a 155-mile stint that included hard cornering, we emerged from the cockpit without ache or cramp-though one staffer asked for just a tad more side bolstering.
Large inset gauges are easy to read in any light, and all systems controls are a finger's reach away. We're a bit disappointed, however, with the parts-bin approach Lexus took with some aspects of the SC 430's interior, mainly with the use of slick-finished plastic stalks and cruise controls where the rest of the interior's switch gear is soft-textured and matte black-but that's a small nit to pick. Keeping the interior comfy is a dual-zone HVAC system that takes into account the exterior temperature and whether the top is up or down, then automatically adjusts to keep the cabin temperature at the set level.
Press the "open" button on the center stack's GPS controls, and the wood panel retracts back in the best James Bond tradition to reveal an adjustable navigation system touch screen. The DVD-based unit is amazingly accurate (down to mere feet) and easy enough for a toddler to use. But we really like what's behind door number two: a Mark Levinson-designed sound system. Between the AM/FM/cassette/six-disc in-dash changer and nine strategically placed speakers, the SC 430 is literally a personal listening room that automatically adjusts sound equalization for top up and down configurations. Lexus also added full audio controls on the wheel. This is one automotive audio system that makes most home systems pale in comparison.
If you're looking to place anything but shopping or small duffel bags in the back seat, think twice. The SC 430's 2+2 configuration is merely for insurance purposes (two-seaters are more expensive to cover). Even with the fronts slid fully forward, you'll be hard pressed to get an adult-size foot between the front seatback and the rear couch.
With the top up and its protective liner retracted, the trunk holds a respectable 9.4 cu ft of bags, as long as you leave the mini-spare tire at home. With the spare in place (run flats are options), 0.6 cu ft is lost. Top retracted, there's still a small space for purses or a couple bags of groceries. Lexus did engineer decent cubby space into the SC 430, with an ample glovebox and a spacious, two-tier center console.
A fully automated top is a must in this price class, and watching the SC 430's aluminum lid do its thing is big fun. Depress the dash-mounted top switch, and all four windows automatically lower, the trunk raises, and the top latches electrically release. As the top retracts into the well, the small tonneau rises to accommodate the roof. Dual tonneau winglets then swing outward, the tonneau lowers, and the trunk lowers into place-all in a touch over 21 seconds. Water leakage isn't an issue with the metal top; after repeated soakings with a high-pressure hose, nary a drop entered the 430's cabin.
Lexus plans to import only 12,000 SCs this year, and at its base price of $58,455, it competes quite favorably against the rest of the premium drop-top players. Given the high level of accoutrements, excellent build quality, and considerable amount of technology Lexus has poured into the SC 430, it's a steal-and a well executed one, at that.
Convertible CompetitorsJaguar XK8-Now in its fifth year of production, the XK8 convertible features a power-operated top that lowers, raises, and locks into place with the single push of a button. Like most convertibles in this genre, legroom for the front passengers is excellent, but rear-passenger accommodations are minimal at best. The XK8's interior is impressive, with Connolly leather covering nearly every surface, sans the extensive use of burled-walnut wood trim. Take your choice between the standard 4.0L/290-hp V-8 engine or the 370-hp supercharged V-8 offered in the XKR version. Long on looks, but more money than the Lexus.
Mercedes-Benz CLK430-Entering its third year in production, the CLK Cabriolet remains a viable player in the luxo-convertible market. Based on the previous-generation C-Class sedan, the 430 packs a 4.3L/275-hp V-8 engine and adaptive logic five-speed automatic transmission with Touch Shift manual control. Standard equipment is liberal, and the interior is draped in supple leather and trimmed with hardwood. M-B wisely includes its TeleAid system that notifies emergency personnel if the vehicle's airbags have deployed and roadside assistance is needed. Want to save a few bucks? Opt for the V-6-powered CLK320 version.
Qvale Mangusta-The new kid on the Italian automaker block, Qvale offers a different twist on the alfresco experience. The Mangusta is really three cars in one: coupe, semi-convertible, and, with the patented RotoTop retracted, stylish spyder. Ford's 4.6L/320-hp quad-cam Cobra V-8 provides a strong and linear torque curve through a five-speed manual gearbox. Hand-stitched Italian leather covers the interior and is set off by brushed aluminum trim. The Mangusta's design has received mixed reviews, but with only 500 built per year, exclusivity is guaranteed.
Others-This market segment is only going to get more crowded, as Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch an all-new SL series of roadsters for the first time in a decade. And don't forget the imminent return of Ford's heritage-inspired Thunderbird.
|Drivetrain layout||Front engine, RWD|
|Engine type||Four cam, 32-valve|
|Horsepower @ rpm||300 @ 5600|
|Torque @ rpm||325 @ 3400|
|Suspension, f/r||Double wishbones,|
|coil springs, gas struts, anti-roll bar/|
|coil springs, gas|
|shocks, anti-roll bar, strut rod|
|Brakes, f/r||11.7 vented disc/ 12.1 solid disc, ABS|
|Wheels, f/r||18X8.0, cast alum|
|SP Sport 2030|
|Curb weight, lb||3840|
|Cargo capacity, cu ft||8.8 (9.4 w/o spare)|
|Fuel capacity, gal||19.8|
|0-60 mph, sec||6.1|
|1/4 mile, sec/mph||14.5/98.3|
|Braking, 60-0 mph, ft||115|
|600-ft slalom, mph||59.2|
|Turning circle, ft||35.4|
|On sale in U.S.||March 15, 2001|
|Price as tested||$61,440|
|Airbags||Dual front and side (std)|
|EPA mpg, city/hwy||18/23|
|Range, city/hwy, miles||356/455|
|Body warranty||6 yrs/unlim miles|
|Powertrain warranty||6 yrs/70,000 miles|
What's HotHard top security; drop-top thrills; punchy power train; gorgeous interior
What's NotUninspired styling; vestigial rear seat; spare tire eats cargo space
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